Category Archives: Philanthropy

Google releases tool for assessing global forests

Here is a cool project from Google.org – a cloud based platform for monitoring the health of the world’s forests over time. I’m glad to see Sergey’s continued influence at Google on not just “doing no evil” but on working … Continue reading

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Update on GiftTRAP’s Massive Play Weekend charity fundraiser October 6-8, 2006

A few months ago I wrote about my friend Nick’s company and project called GiftTRAP. It is a board game with many twists. It contains over 600 photos collected from around the world, many of them from Flickr photographers. It … Continue reading

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The First Annual “30 days of sustainability” has launched in Vancouver!

(If you are looking for the 2007 event information, please click HERE.) I am very excited about our launch of the 30 Days of Sustainability. For the month of March, Vancouver will host a cornucopia of events and activities, all … Continue reading

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Massive Change – the future of global design

This is an extremely long post on Massive Change, the multi-media exhibition that is intended to be the starting point for a global discussion on the role of design in creating our world. Here is a bit from their website that gives you a sense of the goals of the project.

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Fast Company writes about the rise of Social Entrepreneurship in MBA programs

Fast Company has a brief article on the rise of social entrepreneurship and how that is being reflected in the courses that are being designed at the various MBA programs. QUOTE: More young people “want to make money and produce … Continue reading

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Wealthy 92 year old philanthropist Marty Silverman builds nanotech biotech research center in Albany

Here is yet another example of the nano-bio convergence that is happening, although this time it is the disciplines themselves physically converging in a new research facility. This can only help accelerate the interesting developments between the two sciences.

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Bio and Obituary of Laurance Rockefeller, one of the fathers of venture capital

Here is a wonderful article on Laurance Rockefeller, philanthropist, philosopher, mediator, venture capitalist, conservationist. It is inspiring to say the least.

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Interesting People: Ex-Marine, Ex-stockbroker becomes Buddhist Philanthropic Vintner, Raises Money for Kids around the World

This is a wonderful article from the SF Gate website about a man named Dick Grace. From football captain to  Marine Captain, to VP of Smith Barney Investments, and now a reformed alcoholic and Buddhist who owns a niche Cabernet … Continue reading

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Technology Philanthropy in Vancouver, BC, Canada and its origins elsewhere

This is a great article from May 2001 BC Business Magazine that set off a discussion in Vancouver’s high-tech community about giving back and developing a long-term philanthopic view. BC Technology Social Venture Partners was one of several groups that … Continue reading

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Big Questions, Long Views, and the Intersection of Technology and Society (UPDATED Oct 30/05)

The Universe is 14 billion years old and will either either re-collapse into itself, expand into a completely diluted state, or rip apart in its 36th billion year in a runaway expansion so violent that galaxies and planets will be … Continue reading

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